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What Adult Orthodontic Options Are Available in Charleston?

May 25, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Jason Annan
Adult Orthodontic Options in Charleston SC

If you are an adult and have considered orthodontic treatment, you are probably wondering if you have options beyond the traditional bracket-and-wire metal braces. You might have even heard about subtle and fast working options and wondered about the availability of treatments like Six Month Braces and invisible braces in Charleston.

We’re pleased to let you know that East Cooper Smiles in Mount Pleasant, SC, just minutes away from Charleston, offers both Invisalign (often called “invisible” or “clear” braces) and Six Month Braces (which uses translucent brackets and wires). These cosmetic orthodontic treatments for adults allow you to straighten your teeth quickly and discreetly, without the hassle often associated with traditional braces.

Who Is a Candidate for Adult Orthodontics?

While some of our adult orthodontic patients missed out on the opportunity to have treatment as a child, many of the patients who come to our office had braces in their younger years and have experienced some level of orthodontic relapse.

Invisalign and Six Month Braces aren’t intended to treat severe orthodontic problems (and Six Month Braces is only used to correct cosmetic orthodontic flaws affecting your front teeth), but they can still treat a range of common orthodontic concerns, including:

  • Crowding
  • Wide or uneven spacing between teeth
  • Twisted or overlapping teeth

The best way to determine if these options are a good treatment choice for your particular concern is to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Jason Annan. He’ll examine your teeth, take x-rays, and discuss your treatment goals with you.

If you and Dr. Annan agree that either Six Month Braces or Invisalign are an appropriate treatment option, we can get started right away!

Why Should I Straighten My Teeth?

The decision to straighten your teeth is a personal one. While many patients are concerned about the cosmetic aspect of misaligned teeth, there are actually some good oral health reasons to correct even minor misalignments.

When your teeth are crowded or overlap, they are more difficult to clean properly. While a toothbrush and floss can’t reach into the tight spaces, bacteria can, and it’s easy to develop cavities or gum disease between the teeth.

Widely spaced teeth have a tendency to trap food, which can lead to embarrassing situations, bad breath, and cavities.

We know that many people choose to embrace their misaligned teeth and consider them part of their “signature” look, and we absolutely want to encourage you to have a great self-image. However, we also want you to have all the facts so that you can make informed decisions about your dental health care.

To learn more about our adult orthodontic options, please call East Cooper Smiles today!

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